A Loud Hand by Suezette Hooper

Estimated read time 2 min read

This anthology, devoid of a singular theme, weaves together five compelling stories of love, pain, frustration, and friendship.

The First Daughter’s Song

This story sets the tone with a heartfelt letter exploring the multifaceted experiences of women in our society, skillfully addressing the emotional complexities of being a firstborn daughter.

We Move: Ghanaian Dreams In Motion

Amid the economic stress of the times, this story is so relatable. It is a portrayal of resilience in the face of challenges. The narrative captures the essence of overcoming obstacles with a simple yet powerful phrase, “We move.”


This story emerges as a standout favorite, seamlessly blending wittiness, subtle humor, and a stark portrayal of reality. The story unfolds with so much humor you wouldn’t stop laughing. I can’t lie; the ending left me in stitches. It’s a delightful journey from start to finish.

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One Daughter, The Other a Son

This tale beautifully balances a love story with the admirable friendship between Taki and Mira. The author skillfully interconnects various narrative elements; it’s a love story devoid of all the cliché scenes. Nothing is overstretched or overemphasized. It had this very seamless flow throughout.

Judge, Jury, and Execution

This story plunges into the noir genre, offering a dark and vengeful tale that leaves a lasting impact. The story’s intensity and shadowy depths make it a compelling addition to the anthology. I still get a little scared to this day.

Final Thoughts

Ghanaian writers are one of my favorite people. The way they manage to create a plot that is so relatable makes you sigh.

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Suezzete wrote each story in A Loud Hand with all the right emotions and tone. Each story is captivating, and the transition to the next one is done seamlessly. If you want to read an anthology soon or try Ghanaian literature, this is the right start.

Selorm Akosua

I would rather read a book than attend my wedding

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